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Lyon Poster deadline is fast approaching


World Library and Information congress 80th IFLA General Council and Congress
“Libraries, Citizens and Societies: Confluence for Knowledge”
16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in the IFLA Poster Sessions?

Your topic could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel. All IFLA official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish – are welcome. Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 August 2014 in order to explain their poster and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any organization that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions.

Conference participants interested in presenting a poster should complete the online registration form.

It is important that applicants describe how they intend to illustrate the project in the poster format. The poster has to be an experience in itself for the one who looks at it – and should show awareness of the poster format.

Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics and geographical/cultural range will be represented.

The deadline is 03 February 2014, after the deadline applications will no longer be accepted. A jury comprised of 2 members of the IFLA Professional Committee will review all submissions and at the congress they will select the winner of the Best IFLA Poster 2014 based on the following criteria:

Does the topic of the poster:
Look interesting and/or inspiring;
Look lively;
Lend itself to a poster session; is not too abstract;
Present new ideas or present an application of technology;
Appear to be clearly explained;
Not duplicate another poster, nor have the same presenter as another poster (a presenter must be present during the poster session to explain the poster to viewers);
Have a relationship to the theme of the WLIC;
Have a clear library relevance or perspective;
Describe a project that is ongoing or near completion, not one that is yet to start.

For complete and up-to-date information concerning Poster Sessions, please see the Call for Posters webpage on the IFLA WLIC 2014 conference website

If you have any further questions, please contact

Kia ora, greetings from Auckland, New Zealand!


Our friends and colleagues in the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Section have posted details of their 2014 Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand!

The conference will run from 11-16 May 2014 and be hosted by Auckland Libraries. There will also be satellite visits to Wellington and Christchurch. To register, go to
The Committee has developed an exciting program of speakers, visits and networking which will build on the  theme of Intrepid Journeys – libraries at the edge of discovery.

You can find more information including updated programme details at
If you have any questions, please email


Winners EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award

Rijeka City Library, Croatia draws on the creativity of students and young unemployed people in Rijeka to publish an exciting online magazine that tackles serious issues and challenges shallow and sensationalist local media

Rijeka City Library, Croatia draws on the creativity of students and young unemployed people in Rijeka to publish an exciting online magazine that tackles serious issues and challenges shallow and sensationalist local media


EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) has announced the winners of the EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award for Creative use of ICT in public libraries.

The winning libraries use a wide variety of hardware, software and online resources. To meet the winners and read about some creative and cost-effective ways in which public libraries are using ICT to change lives, visit
Congratulations to the winners. EIFL has advised they had  some excellent applications and choosing was hard!

Library Celebrations in February

Already January is disappearing fast and February is almost upon us with two big library celebrations that we’re aware of (we’d love to hear of any others).


In the United Kingdom on Saturday 8 February they’ll be celebrating National Libraries Day, a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK. The website has some great ideas and inspiring stories.

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For many people 14 Febrarury signals Valentine’s Day but in Australia it’s also Library Lovers Day!, a day for everyone to share their  love of  libraries. Not everyone receives flowers or chocolates on 14 February but everyone can enjoy their library.

Macedonian public library association formed

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Congratulations to our colleagues in Macedonia who have formed a new association,  Innova Lib,  to promote development of public libraries and innovative public library services across the country.

The idea for the association was born at a national conference held in Radovis in southeastern Macedonia in February 2013. The two-day conference was supported by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), and brought together national ministries, local authorities and libraries to discuss the ways in which public libraries can contribute to social and economic development.

There are 32 public libraries in Macedonia and already Innova Lib has 15 signed up members. To read more click here



Applications for the 12th IFLA International Marketing Award close on 1 February 2014. With the chance to win $2000 for your library and a free trip to the IFLA Congress to be held in Lyon, France August 16 – 22, 2014 you’d be crazy not to enter. Public Libraries have a strong record of success in these awards.

The IFLA  International Marketing Award will honor organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns. Three finalists will be recognized for their outstanding achievements and from them, one winner will be chosen. The winner will receive airfare, lodging and registration for the World Library and Information Congress as well as a cash award of USD 2000, which must be used to further the marketing efforts of the recognized organization.

The finalists and the winner will be announced in March and the top ten applicants will be mentioned. The winner will be announced officially during the Awards Session during the Congress in Lyon, France.

Any library worldwide that markets library products or services is eligible to receive the award. Applications must be written in one of seven IFLA languages. Applicants may also submit an English translation if they prefer.  The version should be electronic. If applicants wish to submit additional supporting materials, they may be sent to

Applications must be submitted before 1 February 2014 (including any supporting materials) APPLY ONLINE!!!!

So get writing!